Several methods are commonly used to indoctrinate the youth with radical ideologies, and greater awareness of this is crucial for both teachers and students, said Irfan Amalee, director of Peace Generation, a nonprofit organization that promotes peace and tolerance. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Group Highlights Methods Radicals Use to Indoctrinate School Kids

BY :THE JAKARTA GLOBE

MAY 02, 2017

Jakarta. Several methods are commonly used to indoctrinate the youth with radical ideologies, and greater awareness of this is crucial for both teachers and students, said Irfan Amalee, director of Peace Generation, a nonprofit organization that promotes peace and tolerance.

Human rights violations and the use of deception for radical purposes in schools were raised during a discussion hosted by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta on Tuesday (02/05) to commemorate National Education Day.

Irfan said political motivation is the first method and commonly used to brainwash students.

"All those young and labile millennials who tend to see injustice are easily provoked to participate in jihad," Irfan said, as reported by Kompas.com.

He said radical groups also use history to touch young and fragile minds and that teachers need to be aware on this.

"Although we know that learning history can increase a person's knowledge, it can also lead to hatred of other groups," Irfan said.

He added that a psychological perspective is also used to glorify perpetrators of violence as heroes, and to teach children that violence is the best single solution to resolving conflict.

In addition, religion is also often misused, by partially quoting verses from the Koran to attract support and recruit members.

"They [radical groups] are targeting children and using verses quoted partially to deceive them. If teachers can't prevent this and give students a full understanding, they might join the jihadist movements. This is by far is the most effective way to recruit young people in Indonesia," Irfan said.

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